DOZENS of care home residents were given a special meal served up by a chef as part of the home’s ‘Italian Day.’
Lucky residents at The Avenue Care Home in Fareham were served a freshly-made spaghetti bolognese and tiramisu from popular Southsea eatery Don Claudio.
The restaurant’s chef served up the grub for the care home in honour of their 96-year-old Italian resident Maria Giacomin.
Maria, who is originally from Venice, told The News: ‘I’ve been so excited about this when I heard we were having an Italian day.
‘I love spaghetti bolognese so I’ve been very much looking forward to it.
‘Although, I will eat anything that’s put on the table for me!’
I love spaghetti bolognese so I’ve been very much looking forward to itMaria Giacomin
Residents celebrated Italian traditions throughout the day and 83-year-old Elsie Stainer said she had also been looking forward to the day.
She said: ‘It makes a really nice change to have a special day like this.
‘I love Italian food so I’ve been really looking forward to it.
‘It’s nice to have something other than a roast dinner on a Sunday!’
Claudio Moresca, the owner of the restaurant in Jubilee Terrace said: ‘It’s just something that we thought would be nice to do on a day off.
‘The home got in touch and we were more than happy to help them out.
‘I’m sure they will all really enjoy it as we are serving fresh food and it will make a nice change for them to do something special.’
Mr Moresca, 43, who lives in Portchester added: ‘We decided to go for a very traditional Italian meal and have used all fresh ingredients so I’m sure it will go down a treat.’
The food was served to the home’s 24 residents at lunch time.
Stephen Press, the home’s manager said the day was all about ‘engaging with the community.’
He said: ‘We are looking to do more things with the community and thought that this would be a great thing to do for Maria and the residents.
‘Having a fresh meal from Don Claudio will gave them a real flavour of Italian cuisine and it was great to have them here.
‘It has been a nice change of routine for them and we are definitely looking to more days like this in the future.’